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Bystanders talk suicidal Utah woman out of jumping

Published June 25, 2014 12:45 pm

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A suicidal woman was coaxed off a highway overpass by concerned citizens Wednesday morning, according to Murray police.

Murray Police Sgt. Paul Christiansen said the woman was seen standing on a bridge that spans Interstate 215 near the Sam's Club at 6525 S. State St. She had written a suicide note and was threatening to throw herself onto the freeway below, said Christiansen.

A bystander called police at 10:05 a.m. By the the time police arrived on the scene, citizens had dissuaded her from jumping and she was sitting safely on the corner of the bridge.

"She appeared to be distraught," said Christiansen.

The woman was taken to a hospital, where she will meet with a mental health professional. No charges are being filed, said Christiansen.

hstevens@sltrib.com

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